This is our first meeting so, this meeting is mainly for knowing each other. The place we chose is a burger restaurant called Friends & Burger. Since we have not learnt each others’language before so, we decided to start with the most basic sentence. To be honest, it is quite interesting that we made a comparison for the same sentences between our languages and we found not every sentences can be translated literately😂. Meanwhile, I found my favorite pronunciation ‘ch’ in German which is quite difficult for me to speak at the beginning.
This is what I learnt from first meeting.
Ich bin Menglin.——I’m Menglin.(This sentence include ‘ch’ which is my favorite sound)😎
Mein name ist Menglin——My name is Menglin
Guten tag—–good day
Auf wiedersehen—-goodbye(formal) or Tschüss ( informal, usually to a friend)
By the way, the burger is super good.😜
5 October 2019: First meeting at “Friends and Burger” ( Hämeenkatu 17, 33200 Tampere)
Our group consists of one German(Felix) and two Chinese(Menglin and Man Seng). Through planning , we had decided to have our official meet-up at a particular restaurant for dinner and discussion sessions about this course “each one teach one”.
Upon arrival, we chose a place in the restaurant to settle down. Then, we went to place orders of the scrumptious burger. While waiting for the burger, we did a small introduction of ourselves in English then in German and Chinese. We discuss and chat about our experience so far in Finland, our own culture and traditions, our traditional cuisine and more. There were similarities and also differences between the language, culture and traditions between German and Chinese which makes everything much more fun and interesting to learn and know about.
Here is some basic German that I learned that day:
- Guten Tag = Good Day
- Auf wiedersehen = Bye
- Mein Name ist = My name is
- Ich bin = I am
Although it’s only the first meeting but I think this module are precisely useful to me. This is due to the reason that it would definitely help me to improve my communication skills through all the meetings and meetup. I believe this skill is one of the most important skills that a person needed to have in today’s employ-ability market. Language are fun to learn but I still had to put in more effort in order to fully absorb the knowledge and the basics of a whole new language.
I’m excited for the next meeting and I strongly believe that it’s going to be interesting and fun-filled.
This meeting’s aim was to speak as much German as possible. We spent the day strolling along the main street Hämeenkatu and popped into some clothes stores to find new clothes and to learn new vocabulary. I realised that I didn’t know the clothes vocabulary that well, so I even made some notes about the words I learnt:
coat = die Jacke
stockings = die Strumpfhose
business coat = der Blazer/ das Saku
top = das Oberteil
bottom = das Unterteil
As usual, I didn’t find anything nice that fit me, so I left the stores empty-handed. After an exhausting few hours we decided to go for a dinner in New York. It’s a burger restaurant with student friendly prices and delicious food. I feared that we might not be able to have a proper conversation in German, but my fears were soon proven wrong. If I didn’t know a word, I’d ask it in English and the conversation went on. All in all, a great meeting!